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MEMA Opposes Ill. OEM Repair Bill

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May 14, 2019—The Illinois House is currently considering a bill that would amend the law to guarantee no auto repair business could use parts or procedures that aren’t compliant with original equipment manufacturers, reported Transportation Today.

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) opposes the bill and believes it would limit the use of quality aftermarket parts by demanding written consent for the use of non-original equipment following crashes.

The bill approaches the issue from several fronts. It amends the Illinois Insurance Code, Automotive Collision Repair Act and Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

In so doing, it would mandate that no vehicle repair facility or installer could use repair specifications or procedures not compliant with original equipment manufacturers. It would also require that no vehicle repair estimate may utilize non-original equipment manufacturer aftermarket crash parts — unless authorized by the customer in writing.

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